Godzilla 2000: Millennium
International Title
 Godzilla 2000: Millennium
Music By: Takayuki Hattori
Record Label: GNP Crescendo
Running Time: 58:56 Discs: 1
Release: August 2000 CD Number: GNPD-8065
Anthony Romero
This CD contains the score for the first Millennium film in the Godzilla series by composer Takayuki Hattori, his second effort in the franchise after his Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) soundtrack. The score has a couple of nice themes, but as a whole is a little on the forgettable side.

The musical pacing is, generally, just a little too slow to be a good fit for the title character. The themes lack the menace or sense of power and mass that it should convey. Even the marches fall a little flat here. "Before the Explosion", for example, has moments but the march motif feels hollow due to the trumpet work and doesn't build a sense of energy as it should. Although it wasn't a problem in his earlier work, Hattori has picked up a new habit of under utilizing his orchestra. A lot of his cues here come across as meek, not doing justice to the larger orchestra at his fingertips. This style might befit some of his other soundtracks, like Welcome Back Mr. McDonald (1997), but don't gel with the Godzilla franchise.

Now, on a non-comparison basis, this is an okaysoundtrack release from GNP Crescendo that contains the most important elements from the Japanese version of the 1999 Godzilla film while also including the standard array of sound effects. Compared to the Nippon Columbia (COCP-50196) and the Toho Music (G-023) releases, though, this one is slightly inferior. The reasons for this are GNP's habit of inter-splicing sound effects between tracks, instead of leaving them all for the end, and because some of these tracks, case in point the "Giant UFO Approaching", have been bridged with other cues. These changes account for the difference in the number of tracks and the few seconds discrepancy between the run times, which is due to some moments of silence between tracks now being gone. Godzilla's Theme, as done by Akira Ifukube originally for Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995), has also been moved to the very end of the disc instead of appearing chronologically. The "Organizer" track has also, for whatever reason, been removed from this release. Of course, are these differences worth locating the more expensive import versions? Probably not unless one is a diehard collector, although just the same this is easily the lesser release of the three.

Overall, not a bad soundtrack, not a good one either. I would recommend many other entries in the franchise first. However, this is one of the few that has a US release. Because of this, its one of the cheaper on the market and while the soundtrack as a whole is mediocre, the price point make this not a bad release to search out.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Godzilla Roars/Godzilla's Theme: 2000 Millennium
  2. Godzilla 2000: Millennium Main Title
  3. The Giant Tail
  4. Face to Face with Terror
  5. Inches from Disaster
  6. Godzilla Appears in Nemuro
  7. Deep at Sea
  8. Sixty Million Year Slumber
  9. The Object from Outer Space - Bizarre Happening #1
  10. The Self Defense Force Swings into Action
  11. Launching the Full Metal Missile
  12. The Object from Outer Space - Flight
  13. Godzilla Sound Effects
  14. Godzilla Comes Ashore
  15. The Encounter with the Mysterious Object
  16. Eerie Silence
  17. The Wonder Of G Revealed
  18. The Object from Space: Bizarre Happening #2
  19. UFO Effects
  20. Giant UFO Approaching
  21. Off to Shinjuku
  22. Earth Invasion
  23. Before the Explosion
  24. Millennium
  25. Thinking of My Dad
  26. 21:10
  27. The Millennium Kingdom
  28. Miraculous Survival
  29. Extraterrestrial Life: The Birth
  30. Tensions on the Rise/The Metamorphosis
  31. Astonishing Resurrection
  32. G's Decision
  33. Orga: Irony of Fate
  34. End Title: Godzilla - Dreaded God
  35. Godzilla and Orga Sound Effects
  36. Godzilla's Theme
    Composer: Akira Ifukube